10/06/15 1:13pm


The Arlington County Police Department will close several streets near the Pentagon on Sunday, October 11, 2015, for the 31st annual Army 10-Miler race.  The race begins at 8:00 a.m. on Route 110, crosses the Potomac River into the District of Columbia, returns to the Commonwealth via I-395 HOV lanes and ends in the Pentagon north parking lot.

The following roads in Arlington County will be affected:

  • Route 110 between Rosslyn and Crystal City will be closed in both directions at 5:00 a.m. (Use the George Washington Memorial Parkway as an alternative)
  • I-395 HOV northbound from Crystal City to the 14th Street Bridge will be closed at 6:00 a.m.
  • Eads Street from Army Navy Drive into the Pentagon/ northbound I-395 HOV lanes will be closed at 5:00 a.m.
  • I-395 southbound HOV exit to S. Eads Street / Pentagon south parking lot will be closed at 5:00 a.m.
  • Route 27 in both directions from George Washington Memorial Parkway to I-395 will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Army Navy Drive from S. Eads Street to S. 12th Street from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • 12th Street from S. Eads Street to Long Bridge Drive from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Long Bridge Drive will be closed from S. 12th Street to Boundary Channel Drive from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All roads should be reopened by noon.

In addition, access to the Pentagon north parking lot will be restricted to “Authorized Vehicles Only” from 4:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Parking for Pentagon employees and Pentagon Memorial patrons will be available in the south parking lot via Columbia Pike and S. Fern Street.

Runners, spectators and support personnel are encouraged to use Metro, as parking is limited.  The Pentagon and Pentagon City stations on the Blue and Yellow Lines are located within walking distance of the start and finish lines.

For more information about the Army 10-Miler, please visit the official website.

10/06/15 1:01pm


Metrorail will open two hours early, at 5:00 AM, on Sunday, October 11, for the 31st annual Army Ten-Miler.


  • While the closest Metrorail station to the start of the race is Pentagon Station on the Blue and Yellow lines, riders are encouraged to use Pentagon City instead. Pentagon Station tends to get very crowded on race day with riders traveling to the start line. Some trains may bypass Pentagon Station due to crowding conditions.  (Pentagon City is a 0.7 mile walk to Pentagon.)
  • Please take note of service changes on the Orange & Silver lines.
  • Additional Blue Line will run between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory from 6:00 AM until 8:40 AM, and from 11:15 AM to 12:40 PM.
  • Metro recommends using a SmarTrip ® card to speed your trip. SmarTrip ® cards can be purchased at any Metrorail station entrance for $10 ($2 for the card loaded with $8 in fare value). If using a paper farecard, a $1 per-trip surcharge applies. Participants should take steps to protect paper farecards from moisture.

Metrobus service

All Metrobus service that normally operates to/from the Pentagon will be diverted to Pentagon City until approximately 2:00 p.m.. Additional staff will be on hand at Pentagon City Station to assist bus customers.

The additional two hours of service is funded through an agreement with event organizers.

10/06/15 12:52pm

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Tone Up and Check In in Old Town North, October 10

On Saturday, October 10, the City of Alexandria is holding a FREE event for the Old Town North community in Montgomery Park, located at 901 N. Royal Street in Alexandria, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The Tone Up and Check In event is a fun-filled day for adults, children and pet dogs that will include:

  • Free Zumba, Boot Camp, Yoga, and Kids’ Workouts offered throughout the event by local Old Town North health and fitness establishments
  • Free bicycle safety checks in the morning
  • Noontime entertainment by Metro Stage artists
  • Information provided by the City throughout the day about the upcoming Old Town North Small Area Plan process and ways the community can participate
  • Sales of fresh food–juice, Danish, produce, and an assortment of nuts—by invited vendors
  • The Finale: a pre-Halloween Doggie Costume Parade! Bring Fido for a festive Halloween dress rehearsal

This is the first of several City community outreach events for the Old Town North Small Area Plan process, which is anticipated to extend from October 2015 to January 2017.

For more information about the Old Town North planning process, visit the Old Town North Small Area Plan webpage or contact Nancy J. Williams, Principal Planner, Department of Planning and Zoning at 703.746.3858.

10/06/15 10:55am


The Fund for Alexandria’s Child invites Alexandria residents to help children in foster care or at risk of abuse or neglect keep warm this winter through its annual Fall Coat Drive, running now through November 20, 2015.

Donations of coats, hats, scarves and gloves help ensure that all Alexandria children are able to stay warm during what promises to be another bitter winter.

Those interested in donating can do so through an Amazon Wish list or by purchasing items elsewhere and delivering them to:

Alexandria DCHS
ATTN: Community Resources Program
2525 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

The Fund for Alexandria’s Child is a program within the City of Alexandria’s Department of Community and Human Services, which works to enhance the quality of life of the most vulnerable children in our community. The value of any contributions is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

For more information, call 703.746.5663 or email thefundforalexchild@alexandriava.gov.

10/06/15 10:38am

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library in Alexandria, Virginia

Tour all Alexandria Library Locations on October 24

The Alexandria Library invites the community to participate in Le Tour d’Alexandria Library, the library’s 3rd annual bicycle tour of all Library locations on Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 AM.

Participants can bring their bicycle and join library staff for a leisurely 2-hour loop of Alexandria starting and ending at Beatley Central Library, located at 5005 Duke Street. In addition to promoting sustainable transportation, the bike tour will highlight many of the library’s diverse programs and resources, and offer participants the opportunity to socialize with other library and bicycling enthusiasts.

Registration for the event is required as space on the tour is limited. Children and teens under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information and to register online visit this link.

10/05/15 4:59pm


Local realtor Phil Cefaratti, running as the only independent candidate for Alexandria City Council, has endorsed five (5) other candidates to serve along side him on City Council – four (4) Democrats and one (1) Republican.

From the Cefaratti campaign:

As the only Independent candidate running to win a seat on City Council, I have chosen to identify and endorse the candidates I believe will best serve the needs of Alexandria. In the spirit of true non-partisanship, friendship, and camaraderie, I recommend Alexandria voters support the following candidates (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Willie Bailey – D
  • D. Phil Cefaratti – I
  • John T. Chapman – D
  • Paul Smedberg – D
  • Fernando Torrez – R
  • Justin Wilson – D

As an aside, I would be remiss in failing to acknowledge the great 30 years of service provided by Councilwoman Del Pepper. Her decades of commitment and caring for the needs of residents in our great City have been nothing short of remarkable, and my first act on City Council would be to work with the mayor and my fellow councilmembers to create an honorary position for her as “City Councilwoman Emeritus.”

Each of the 11 candidates for Alexandria City Council offers unique personal perspectives. I believe the six candidates identified above would be the most effective team to work together to address and to solve the City’s issues over the next three years and beyond.

I trust the character and ability of each of us to work together positively and proactively to reach beneficial decisions, despite inevitable differences of opinion. Ultimately, we will be sharing our passion and firm resolve to make Alexandria the best it can be.

As an Independent candidate, I do not seek endorsements, follow any party ideology, or cater to special interest groups. My Independent candidacy gives me the opportunity to represent all Alexandrians across the full political spectrum.

This past summer, Alexandria voters sent a clear message that they seek changes at City Hall. Please help effect that change by voting for me, along with the candidates I endorse. I look forward to joining them in helping to serve you for the next three years, my fellow Alexandrians.

With Democrats, Independents, and Republicans working together, we are a winning voice for all Alexandrians.